Copper Mountain/Spaulding Gulch Trailhead

Copper Mountain, Colorado

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Spaulding Gulch offers a unique adventure to this trio of peaks that has the added benefit of being entirely legal (certain routes to Jacque Peak from the south pass through private mining land; this one doesn’t). Despite traversing through a developed ski area, Jacque Peak is a fun and challenging day hike—it was scenic enough to make the cover of this guide. Hiking up from Copper Village is fun as well. Taking a chairlift up is a lazy but novel way to get up to the ridgeline—the problem is that on most summer days, the lifts don’t run until 10 a.m. (which is pushing it for storms). Maybe hoofing it is the best way to go.
Best Summit Hikes: Denver to Vail

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Best Summit Hikes: Denver to Vail

by James Dziezynski (Wilderness Press)

Spaulding Gulch offers a unique adventure to this trio of peaks that has the added benefit of being entirely legal (certain routes to Jacque Peak from the south pass through private mining land; this one doesn’t). Despite traversing through a developed ski area, Jacque Peak is a fun and challenging day hike—it was scenic enough to make the cover of this guide.

Hiking up from Copper Village is fun as well. Taking a chairlift up is a lazy but novel way to get up to the ridgeline—the problem is that on most summer days, the lifts don’t run until 10 a.m. (which is pushing it for storms). Maybe hoofing it is the best way to go.

© 2016 James Dziezynski/Wilderness Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Climbing, Hiking
Nearby City: Copper Mountain
Distance: 9.4
Elevation Gain: 4,260 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 6-8 hours
Class: Class 2
Season: June through October
Additional Use: Skiing
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Driving Directions: Directions to Copper Mountain/Spaulding Gulch Trailhead

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